New research finds air pollution reduces sperm counts through brain inflammation

Researchers have long known that air pollution can increase the risk of disorders such as obesity, diabetes, and fertility, but they did not know the exact mechanism for how it can lead to these health conditions. Now, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researchers have shown how air pollution reduces sperm count in mice by causing inflammation in the […]

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Childhood exposure to air pollution linked to self-harm in later life

A study of over 1.4 million Danes has revealed a link between higher levels of exposure to two common pollutants during childhood and an increased risk of self-harm in later life. The collaboration between academics at The University of Manchester and Aarhus University in Denmark is published today (16/09/2021) in a special issue on suicide prevention of the journal Preventive […]

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Do indoor plants purify air?

House plants have become incredibly popular in recent years, but do indoor plants purify air?  Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, there’s been a huge focus on the importance of indoor air quality since so many of us have spent increasing amounts of time inside. Further to this, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that Americans spend up to 90% of […]

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Air purifiers vs humidifiers: What’s the difference?

If you’re intrigued by the debate between air purifiers vs humidifiers, then you’re likely wondering how both affect air quality. Going beyond that, you might also not know exactly how each of them works. In this in-depth article, we explore the differences between air purifiers and humidifiers, understanding how the science stacks up. Straight out of the box, air purifiers […]

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Boeing Tested Air Purifiers Like Those Widely Used in Schools. It Decided Not to Use Them in Planes.

Aerospace giant Boeing tested two kinds of ionization technologies — like those widely adopted in schools hoping to combat covid — to determine how well each killed germs on surfaces and decided that neither was effective enough to install on its commercial planes. Boeing noted in its conclusion that “air ionization has not shown significant disinfection effectiveness.” Companies that make […]

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Air pollution linked to high blood pressure in children; other studies address air quality and the heart

A meta-analysis of 14 air pollution studies from around the world found that exposure to high levels of air pollutants during childhood increases the likelihood of high blood pressure in children and adolescents, and their risk for high blood pressure as adults. The study is published in a special issue on air pollution in the Journal of the American Heart […]

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KHN on the Air This Week

December 4, 2020 KHN correspondent Aneri Pattani discussed how Black faith communities provide support in the face of racial unrest and COVID-19 with Newsy on Thursday. Click here to watch Pattani on Newsy Read Pattani’s “Amid COVID and Racial Unrest, Black Churches Put Faith in Mental Health Care” KHN chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner discussed President-elect Joe Biden’s plans for […]

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A flow of fresh air protects against coronavirus

People who are required to serve a large number of customers at a checkout or counter are at a particularly high risk of exposure to COVID-19. At the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP, a type of air lock was therefore developed to shield work stations from the surrounding air using constant ventilation. This “protective canopy” will be unveiled to […]

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Outdated air con helps spread COVID

Most ventilation systems in schools and offices are just not up to the job when it comes to helping curb the spread of COVID-19. That’s the message from a study of how infectious diseases spread in tightly packed buildings using different ventilation systems. Sick building syndrome, which blames factors like heating and air conditioning for sickness, days off and poor […]

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